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The Barnard Bear

Identifier: BC12-02

Collection Scope and Contents Summary

This collection contains the quarterly issues of The Barnard Bear, the "literary supplement" to the Barnard Bulletin. The publication consists of student literary works, reviews, editorials, and advertisements. Items include both loose issues, bound volumes, and a photograph of The Barnard Bear editors from 1907. The Barnard Bear comprises bound volumes 1-17. Volumes 1-5 of The Bear do not overlap with those of The Barnard Bear.


  • Creation: 1905-1948



This collection has no restrictions.

Publication Rights

Permission to publish material from the collection must be requested from the Barnard Archives and Special Collections. The Barnard Archives and Special Collections approves permission to publish that which it physically owns; the responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Reproduction Restrictions

Single photocopies or scans may be made for research purposes.

Historical Background

The Barnard Bear was a quarterly literary magazine which, throughout its years of publication, struggled to maintain a working budget and to increase the volume of submissions. To fund publication, the Bear sold subscriptions ($1 per year) and included several pages of advertisements in each issue. At one point, it was described as the “literary supplement to the Barnard Bulletin published on the fifteenth of every college month.” It started in 1905, and then ceased publication in 1922. When the magazine was resurrected in 1944 for a brief period, it was known as The Bear.


3.25 Linear Feet (3 boxes, 2 cartons, and 1 oversize photograph)




This collection consists of issues of The Barnard Bear, a quarterly literary magazine of Barnard College.

Collection Arrangement

This collection is arranged by type of material, and chronologically therein.

Physical Location

This collection is located in the Barnard Archives and Special Collections, Barnard Library. To use this collection, please contact the Barnard Archives and Special Collections at 212.854.4079 or

Acquisition Information

Transferred from the President's Office and from Forrest Abott.


No additions are expected.

Processing History

This collection was processed by Marcia Bassett, Maggie Astor BC’11, and Caitlin Hamrin BC ’12. Finding aid written by Maggie Astor and Caitlin Hamrin in May 2010.

The finding aid was updated by Hilary Price in December, 2014.

Descriptive Rules Used: Finding aid adheres to that prescribed by Describing Archives: A Content Standard. Encoding: Machine readable finding aid encoded in EAD 2002.

Finding aid written in English.


Guide to The Barnard Bear
Maggie Astor and Caitlin Hamrin
© 2014
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Barnard Archives and Special Collections Repository

3009 Broadway
New York NY 10027 United States